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Ben Harper: Both Sides of the Gun

With his latest release, Ben Harper sets his sights on crafting his definitive statement with two barrels of lyricism, wit, and musicianship.

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30 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Akir: Legacy

If you're looking for an alternative to hip-hop's smorgasbord of "playas" (and you're not just a hata), Akir can get you thinking about rap's possibilities.

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Steril: 400 Years of Electronic Music

Steril summarizes their first 400 (give or take 390) years in the music biz, documenting the effect of evolution on an EBM band while they're at it.

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29 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Prince: 3121

Many of the classic elements of a Prince record are here, but it also feels considerably safer -- like a poorly concealed attempt to recapture past glories at the expense of his wilder creative muse.

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Tortoise and Bonnie Prince Billy: The Brave and the Bold

Superheroes of "post-rock" join forces to run cover songs through a perverse sonic blender.

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Seven Dub: Dub Club Edition

Third album from the Paris-based trip-hop duo is so nondescript, you just can't get it into your head

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29 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

The Eternals: High Anxiety

The Eternals are known for experimenting with diverse elements; here, that element is their previous music. Second helpings rarely taste this good.

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29 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Sepultura: Dante XXI

The band's fourth post-Max album shows us that the fire, flickering as it may be, still exists.

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Lee Rocker: Racin’ the Devil

Stray Cat Lee Rocker is doing quite well for himself, thank you. And this album seems to be more consistent and stronger than anything he did with Setzer and company.

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Sondre Lerche and the Faces Down Quartet: Duper Sessions

The young Norwegian coasts through this uninspiring jazz record on his charm, but saves his true energy for his next rock record.

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Satoshi Tomiie: Renaissance 3D: Satoshi Tomiie

Moving effortlessly from to-the-minute, jungle-inspired deep house to early '90s commercial fare re-imagined to Miles Davis, Tomiie demonstrates on this disc why he's been so respected for so many years.

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28 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Sean Watkins: Blinders On

A pop-folk gem from the Nickel Creek guitarist.

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Liz Durrett: The Mezzanine

Haunting and beautiful second effort from Georgia-born singer-songwriter.

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Dom Minasi: The Vampire’s Revenge

I refuse to use the word "suck" in this review.

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28 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Stephen Fretwell: Magpie

An understated, lovelorn collection of northern songs that comes highly recommended.

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28 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Sparks: Hello Young Lovers

What's the difference between carnivalesque and arrested development?

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Sub-Conscious: Subtalk

I don't really know a lot about Sub-Conscious, but I've listened to the album a few times.

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The Caribbean: Plastic Explosives

The Caribbean turn pop songs into ghosts, life's most mundane aspects into spy fiction.

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Casiotone For the Painfully Alone: Etiquette

Recently upgraded to mid-fi production and displaying more varied arrangements, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone's latest is probably his best, more accessible without sacrificing any of his sharp-witted observational lyricism.

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27 Mar 2006 // 11:00 PM

Donald Fagen: Morph the Cat

More jazz-slick (but seriously dark) sophistipop from one half of Steely Dan.

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